Séamus Begley celebrates the launch of new album, ‘The Bold Kerryman’, with special guest Tim Edey at Monroe’s Live on Wednesday, 22 September.
Singer, accordionist and storyteller Séamus is one of the most popular traditional musicians in Ireland. He comes from the renowned musical family from Baile na bPoc, Ballydavid, Co. Kerry. He has been both singing and playing accordion from an early age and recorded his first album, ‘An Ciarraíoch Mallaithe’ with his sister Máire in 1972.
His 2001 album ‘Ragairne’, recorded with guitarist Jim Murray, was voted 2001 ‘Traditional Album of the Year’ in both Hot Press Magazine and The Irish Times. He was awarded a TG4 Gradam Cheoil Singer of the Year in 2013. ‘Meitheal’ was re-released in 2014 to five star reviews.
It was UK record producer John Reynolds of New Air Music Studios in Kilburn London (who has worked with Damien Dempsey, Seun Kuti, Sinead O’Connor, Passenger, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brian Eno and David Byrne), who persuaded Séamus to record an entire album of songs, giving birth to The Bold Kerryman. Reynolds said, “We started with just the voice, no music, no click, no fuss, just a drone for tuning and it’s quintessential Begley. He is a huge strong man but his voice is the most tender I have ever heard. Then, of course, the amazing guitar of Tim Edey is the icing on the cake. Seamus is joined by Damien Dempsey on ‘The Banks of the Sweet Primroses’ a song they have performed live together. This is a beautiful album of the songs Begley loves, sung as if he were singing into your ear.”ť
Together with guitarist Tim Edey and special guests Séamus will perform songs from the new album together with old favourites at Monroe’s Live. Doors open 8pm, tickets cost €15/€12, visit www.monroes.ie.